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Planning your group shots

One of the most sought after wedding photographers in the uk 

Planning your group shots

Leeds castle weddings

When i'm shooting a wedding my focus is on story telling and I love to photograph people candidly. I believe this approach delivers a stunning set of photographs from the small details, spontaneous moments, groups and of course your stunning portraits.

As much as the wedding is about you guys taking that magical step as a couple its also about two families coming together so i totally appreciate the importance of group photographs. My approach to group shots is simple, keep it fun and relaxed and get them done in under 25 minutes! I believe its key to get great shots of your family and guests and by making this whole experience quick and as stress free as possible for you.

I have a standard list of shots which I use for 99% of the weddings I photograph, at consultation stage we will make any necessary amendments catering for any shots that you may wish to add. This means we’ll need to do a little bit of planning, to make sure they are efficient, easy and so that you can get back to enjoying your wedding day.

As a rough guide I usually suggest allowing approx 5 minutes per group shot combination. This guide will all depends on how efficient I am able to be, with your assistance, in rounding up the people that need to be in the photos.

To help with this I suggest that you take the following steps:

  1. When we make a list of group shots at your consultation try to stick to it. 
  2. Schedule your group shots directly after your ceremony. It’s much easier to round people up when they are all standing in one place, having just watched you exit your ceremony. If you leave it until later most will have had a few drinks too many and not all your guests will be in one place, which will ramp up the stress level while we try to find missing people and get your groups done within the allotted time.
  3. Check the ceremony to wedding breakfast timeframe with your venue, this usable time varies from venue to venue and can vary from 60 minutes to 2 hours.
  4. Nominate a couple of people from your wedding party to help round up people for group shots. It’s a good idea to select people who know who the majority of the people in your group shots are and to ask them to start gathering people straight after the wedding ceremony.
Bradbourne house wedding photography

Group photos are a hugely important part of your wedding day, as equally important is the amount of daylight we have to work with to get them done without having to chase the clock. Late in the year the light drops earlier in the day so please consider your ceremony time so we can make sure your photos are just as you imagine them to be.